The Little Epicurean

Oct 20 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Caramel Popcorn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Caramel Popcorn | the little epicurean

What do you do when you’ve made too much caramel popcorn?  You put it on top of a cake! Cakes are soft and mushy and deserve a little crunch.

Not that I ever need a reason to make cake, but on this particular instance, I was really craving chocolate.  Since embarking on my apple recipe fest, I needed a serious break from the fruit.  Obviously, chocolate is the solution to every problem.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake | the little epicurean

This chocolate cake is unlike any other chocolate cake I’ve made in the past.  Instead of using butter, this the cake batter exclusively uses olive oil.  Because of this, the cake is super moist.  No need to use your best olive oil, reserve that for drizzling, salad dressings, and such.  For this purpose, I suggest using a mild tasting olive oil so it does overpower the chocolate.

Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations.  See: peanut butter chocolate bundt cake, chocolate dipped peanut butter ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter chocolate swirl cookies, and peanut butter cookie dough brownies for proof.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with caramel popcorn | the little epicureanThis recipe makes a two layer 6-inch cake and six cupcakes.  You can also omit the cupcakes and use the recipe to make a two layer 8-inch cake.  I made the cupcakes because I enjoy having perfectly portioned treats waiting for me to eat in the afternoon.  No slicing required, no plates necessary, and minimal clean up after eating.  Speaking of cupcakes… when they did stop being one of the cool kids?  I still have tons of colorful and decorative cupcake wrappers just begging to be used.

Oct 16 2014

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Sometimes the week goes by terribly, unbelievably slow and Friday can’t come soon enough.  And then there are other days that zoom by without any warning and next thing you know, wham, bam!  I’m getting emails about Thanksgiving.  What the heck?  I haven’t planned out what I’m doing for Halloween… For days when everything is happening

Oct 15 2014

Caramel Nut Popcorn Crunch


I made a huge batch of this caramel nut popcorn crunch in preparation for all the baseball games I’d be watching in October.  I had enough popcorn to last me until the Dodgers made it to the World Series.  Unfortunately I was too optimistic.  The Dodgers lost last week to the Cardinals.  (Sigh.) It’s just

Oct 13 2014

French Onion Pizza

French Onion Pizza | the little epicurean

The key to delicious French onion soup is the slow process at which the onions are caramelized and cooked.  Instead of making one of my favorite soups, I’ve decided to turn it into mini pizzas!  You may ask, why don’t you just make French onion soup?  First of all, I don’t have the strength to

Oct 10 2014

Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail

Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail | the little epicurean

Farewell, Summer Pimm’s Cup and Stone Fruit Sangria, it’s all about apples now! I really want to go apple picking this weekend.  You may be wondering… where the heck do you go apple picking in Los Angeles?  Well, about 90 minutes east of LA apple orchards exist!  There are quite a few orchards to choose from

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